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    hello everyone, has anybody made a easy wire stripper, looking at mostly doing small stuff around 4mm but also up around 120mm so it needs to be adjustable...
    was thinking along the lines of angle iron as a guide using bearings to direct/ hold wire in place with a blade to produce the cut..

    any sugestions?? or ideas???

    cheers

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    As a matter of interest, are you looking to strip wire to terminate in an electrical connection, or completely strip the insulation from the wire for recycling purposes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdrob View Post
    any sugestions?? or ideas???
    You could try one of these type of strippers, or make something similar, CK TOOLS|430004|CABLE STRIPPER | Farnell Australia

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    stanley knife works a treat with a sharp blade
    It's better to be dead and cool than alive and uncool

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    a Stanley knife or regular curcular stripper otherwise
    ctrecycles.com make a awesome stripper that autostrips just about anything fast automatic

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    Quote Originally Posted by brisrab View Post
    completely strip the insulation from the wire for recycling purposes?
    That's one of the jobs I had to do as an apprentice. Collect the wire a liberal dose of kero and a match and come back next day to collect the copper. I was glad to see the next apprentice get employed as that ended up his jib.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bros View Post
    That's one of the jobs I had to do as an apprentice. Collect the wire a liberal dose of kero and a match and come back next day to collect the copper. I was glad to see the next apprentice get employed as that ended up his jib.

    Scrap merchants bung it on a fire but keep it quiet!

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    Hello Sdrob,
    I assume you mean a stripper for recycling the copper...
    I made some of these years ago in various sizes (up to about 16mm2), all the same design, they were a piece of aluminium stock about 30mm dia and 40mm long, with the centre drilled out in a lathe for the cable size (to glide through easily) and then slit longways halfway through, drilled two holes across this slot at each end (can tap one side) and the use bolts in them to clamp a stanley knife blade or similar so it protudes into the middle cable hole by 1mm or so (depends on the insulation thickness).
    Holding it horizontal in a vice, you just insert the wire and pull it through cutting the insulation as you go.
    For bigger cables you could use the type of cable stripper that is normally used for orange circular cable outer insulation (Jokari, Cabac etc).

    Peter

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    cheers for the replies, peter the idea of the bar stock sounds nice and easy, and a smart way too..
    and yes it is to recycle the cable

    might give it ago this weekend, thanks for the sugestions...

    the stanley knife did 16kgs of wire and nearly a couple of fingers, looking to do it a little more safely

    have seen and used the orange circluar strippers, but with the bigger cables gets too hard...

    thanks again

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